Turkey Meatballs

Here is another meat recipe that I really enjoy (but only make occasionally). I like to use this as a side dish or one of many dishes that we eat family-style. Rather than frying them in a skillet with oil, I bake them on parchment paper – oil-free! I serve them with a sesame-garlic sauce that makes them so tasty!

Turkey Meatball Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1-2 cups combined greens, minced: Options: scallions, spinach, kale, garlic chives, parsley
  • 1 medium onion, grated
  • 2-5 cloves garlic (depending on your taste buds), grated
  • 1-2 eggs
  • about 1 cup bread crumbs (I like to use plain)
  • salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 425. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Put the turkey, greens, egg, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Using a microplane, grate in the onion and garlic into the bowl. Use your hands to combine all the ingredients. I use my hands because that way, I can feel if the mixture is too wet or too dry.

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Then I add more egg or bread crumbs accordingly. Form into tablespoon-sized balls (or a little larger). Place them on the parchment paper.

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Bake for 15 minutes. Shake the tray a little so they roll around. Bake for another 15 minutes or until sufficiently browned.

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I then put the finished turkey meatballs in a dish and pour over the sesame-garlic sauce.


I apologize that I don’t have a picture of the sauce by itself, but here is the recipe:

Sesame-Garlic Sauce Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped scallions (1-2 scallions)
  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic (I use the microplane)
  • 2 tablespoons ground sesame seeds (I use a mortar & pestle)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoons hot pepper (optional – I haven’t been adding this since I’m always cooking for kids)

Combine all the ingredients in a glass tupperware and refrigerate. This sauce is best if made at least one day before use (and will last in the fridge for 5 days or so). It is also great spooned over a vegetable stir-fry, tofu, or flank steak. The possibilities are endless!

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